I’m not the only person who’s more excited for leftovers than the Thanksgiving meal, right? This year, I want to challenge every household to use up all your leftovers. A little advance planning can make a simple transition from full-on-feast, to ready-made-snack. Since Thanksgiving has already been deemed the most wasteful holiday in the US when it comes to Turkey Consumption*, it is imperative that we all pitch in to avoid food waste!
In these last days leading up to Thanksgiving, set a plan of action to tackle the whole Turkey. Whether you host a BYOT party (bring your own tupperware) or purchase the rolls and wraps with the rest of your Thanksgiving meal items, try to encourage everyone at the table to prevent turkey trash. You can also use smaller plates and keep the extra food in the kitchen so that your guests are less tempted to take more than they can eat. This is especially important for serving children.
If you chill leftovers as quickly as possible, practice “safe microwaving”, and prepare for meal variety with the extra turkey, your family can benefit from the ease of pre-prepared food for several days after the holiday. I’m wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!